Monday, September 22, 2008

Concrete Ties Production at PNR Caloocan

RIHSPI Weekend Trip: September 20, 2008.
Pre-stressed concrete ties stored beside Horace Higgins Hall, Philippine National Railways Compound,  Caloocan City.

RIHSPI members followed the rows of pre-stressed concrete ties and discovered the production area inside the Engineering Department compound of PNR.

More pre-stressed concrete ties stored inside the compound.

A peek inside the mold.  

Workers busy preparing the steel bars with Pandrol shoulders.

An unknown machine being used to prepare the steel bars.

The concrete mix plant.

Pouring concrete inside the mold.

Preparing for hardening. Twenty four hours under the canvas with steam.

Special thanks to Mr. Anonuevo for letting us view the production process. Mr. Anonuevo learned the production process from John Holland in the early 1990s.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

PNR 5002

General Electric 5000 Class Build No. 4754.2 Type Bo-Bo Model U6B. August 31, 2008. Tayuman Locoshed.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Off Topic: World's Longest Bar

World's Longest Bar. September 5, 2008.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Southrail Update

New shed at Tutuban. August 31, 2008.
Newly refurbished locoshed at Tutuban. August 31, 2008.
Inside the newly refurbished locoshed at Tutuban. August 31, 2008.
Paco Station, August 23, 2008.

FTI ROW Taguig near C5 SLEX exit. August 22, 2008.
FTI ROW, view on top of C5 SLEX exit, August 22, 2008.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Asphalt Over Rails

Motor vehicles are still the priority of local leaders down south. For the past two years, officials are busy covering the railroad crossings with asphalt. Location: Calamba, Laguna near the new municipal building.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Southrail Paco Station Updates

Southrail Paco Station update. August 9, 2008.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Goodbye Rail Ferry Virgin Mary

Photo courtesy of

According to David Williams of Philippine Railways SIG, the rail ferry (3 feet 6 inch gauge) Virgin Mary formerly Aratika was sold to an Indian ship breaker for scrap. The rail ferry Aratika was in service in New Zealand from 1974 to 1999 before it was sold to MBRS Lines Philippines and was used to service the Manila-Caticlan route.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Kerr Stuart in Action!

Camiling Tramway Inauguration Photo, Baranan Station, November 29, 1907.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

RIHS Photos for the Explainer

I have mentioned some interesting facts about Philippine Railways during the show of Manolo Quezon. This was based on the MR 350 collection of the US Archives. Below are some of the pictures I prepared but were not shown because of lack of time:

The Antipolo Station picture above was taken on May 1, 1910. This is a rare photo of the Antipolo station with people waiting for the train carrying the May 1 pilgrims.

The Manila Belt Line Bayanihan Photo. MRR Megamovers Circa 1908. A rare photo of a house being moved using the newly built rails of the Manila Belt Line near Paco Station.

One hundred years ago, the Manila Railroad Company completed the Pandacan Swing Bridge. The MRR trains finally crossed Pasig river in 1908.

William Howard Taft visited the Philippines a year before he became president of the United States. He inspected the MRR line to Baguio. The above picture was taken in Baguio showing Secretary of War William Howard Taft together with Governor General Cameron Forbes. The automobile in the picture was one of two Stanley Steam Automobile exported to the Philippines.

Only in the Philippines courtesy of the American railroad engineers, MRR tracks on top of Bued River. Rush! Willian Howard Taft wants to visit Baguio!

The first attempt to build a railroad to Baguio was the line from San Fabian to Camp 1. From Camp 1 the plan was to build a line to Baguio using Kennon road. A year after the line to Camp 1 was built, the mighty Bued river washed out an entire segment of the line.







WHEREAS, the rehabilitation and development of the PNR Lines are priority projects of the National Government envisioned to catalyze economic activity and enhance the mass transportation system in Metro Manila, including Northern and Southern Luzon;

WHEREAS, portions of the project sites and the necessary rights-of-way (ROW) for the rail system are currently occupied by informal settler families numbering to approximately 80,000 households;

WHEREAS, the implementation of priority rail projects cannot proceed in a significant way unless the ROW are cleared of informal settlers;

WHEREAS, there is a need to effectively and carefully manage, direct, coordinate, and monitor all efforts by the national and local governments to ensure the timely, peaceful and orderly relocation and resettlement of the families to be affected by the rail development projects; and

WHEREAS, the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) is mandated by law to coordinate and monitor the activities of all government housing agencies to ensure the accomplishment of the goals of the National Shelter Program.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do here order:

SECTION 1. Lead Agency for the Implementation of the PNR Rail Systems Resettlement and Relocation Programs. The NHA shall serve as the lead agency in the implementation of Rail-Related Resettlement and Relocation Programs. It shall principally carry out, coordinate and monitor all government projects and activities necessary to ensure the timely, peaceful and orderly relocation and resettlement of the families to be affected by the development of the PNR Rail System.

SEC 2. Role of the Vice President and HUDCC Chairman. The Vice President of the Philippines and HUDCC Chairman is hereby authorized to direct manage and coordinate all activities, mobilize available government resources, and call on the assistance of all government agencies concerned for the implementation of the Rail Related and Relocation Programs in Accordance with applicable laws.

SEC 3. Cooperation and Support of Government Agencies. All departments, bureaus, offices and other government agencies and instrumentalities, including government owned and/or controlled corporations are hereby directed to extend full cooperation, support and assistance to the HUDCC and the Office of the Vice President regarding all matters and requests specifically related to and covered by this Order.

All concerned government agencies, particularly the Department of Budget and Management, shall, as their respective budgets may allow, give priority and immediate attention to the funding requirements necessary to perform all tasks and functions under the Approved Program and Activities.

SEC 4. Separability Clause. If any provision of this Order is declared invalid, other provisions not affected thereby shall remain effective.

SEC 5. Repealing Clause. All orders, issuances or parts thereof, which are inconsistent with this Administrative Order, are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

DONE, in the City of Manila, this 8th day of November, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Four.


By the President:

Executive Secretary

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Rusty PNR Train?

The train in the picture is the Metro Boston Transit Authority Blue Line. The train has a projected lifespan of 24 years because the line runs very close to the ocean and runs next to a major airport, resulting in prolonged exposure to corrosive substances.

The one in the picture was built by Hawker Siddeley Canada Car and Foundry of Fort William, Ontario between 1978 and 1980. These cars are scheduled to retire soon because of severe corrosion.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

MRR Images from US Achives 350-MR Collection

Picture taken between km 169 and 184 showing new floodways during heavy rains ending July 1913.
Lake Paco September 1913.
Paco Station, November 28, 1915. Paco Station is one of oldest building constructed by the US government during the American colonial period.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

US Sidetrip Sample Shots

Newly delivered Dineyland Mark VII Monorail being tested last April 24, 2008. The yellow submarine below the train is Disneyland's newest attraction Finding Nemo.
Port of Los Angeles Waterfront Red Line Car.
The Metro at Transit Mall Station, Downtown Longbeach, California.
Night time Metro Rail photo snapshots
The MBTA Red Line about to stop at Andrews Station.

The MBTA Green Line 3640.

Mattapan-Ashmont High Speed Line about to stop at Central Avenue Station. Picture taking is no longer allowed according to the PCC driver.
The old PCC about to stop at Ashmont Station elevated station and loop.
The new elevated loop at Ashmont station. The line and the loop reopened last December 31, 2007.